Legal Assistant Certificate
This program is designed for both beginning and experienced assistants who would like to improve their skills, preparing students for employment opportunities, such as Legal Assistants in law firms, corporate legal departments, government agencies, banks, legal aid societies, and federal and state courts. This program consists of 6 required courses plus 3 electives.
Registration and Tuition: This course consists of 6 required courses and 3 electives. Tuition is $3700 plus one time $20 registration fee, or you can register for each course individually with a $20 registration fee per semester. To register online for courses please click on the Course Browser/Registration.
Note for those registering online: Please call our office at 212.650.3850 to select classes you are taking per semester. Please be aware that you are registering for the certificate and that you still need to call/come in to the office to choose the classes. If you wish to do a Payment Plan, please come to our office E1022 ( Mon-Fri 9am-5pm). Learn more about the benefits of registering for the entire certificate program.
Certificate Requirements: Complete all required courses within two years, plus three electives. Most courses have exams and or presentations. You can expect to study approximately 3-5 hours/week for each course. This course presumes a basic knowledge of word processing and a typing proficiency of at least 50 words per minute. Basic word processing and typing skills will not be covered in this course.
After having successfully completed the program, students receive a certificate and transcript issued by Continuing Education. Additionally, transcripts are kept on file for 7 years in the Continuing Education office. Please click here to view requirements for the Combined Certificate in Legal Studies and Legal.
Note: Certificate Cannot Be Completed In One Semester.
|Spring 2014 Semester||Day||Time||Dates|
|Introduction to Law||Thursday||6:00-9:00pm||2/13-3/13
|Drafting Legal Instruments||Tuesday||6:00-9:00pm||4/1-4/29
|Legal Research and Writing||Tuesday||6:00-9:00pm||2/18-3/18
|English Writing for International Legal Professionals||Wednesday||7:40- 9:40pm||4/2-5/7
|Bookkeeping & Budgeting||Wednesday||6:00-9:00pm||3/5-4/2
|Accounting||Mon. & Wed.||7:40-9:30pm||2/10-3/17; Skips 2/17
|Microsoft Excel I||Tuesday||5:30-7:30pm||2/11-3/18
|Microsoft Excel II||Tuesday||5:30-7:30pm||4/1-5/6
- Introduction to Law (LSINTLAW)
- Drafting Legal Instruments (LSDRALEG)
- Contracts (LSCONTRA)
- Legal Research & Writing (LSLEGRES)
- Litigation (LSLITIGA)
- English Writing for International Legal Profession- (ENWRLEG)
Electives: (Choose 3)
- Microsoft Excel I (MICEX1)
- Microsoft Excel II (MICEX2)
- Bookkeeping & Budgeting (BOOBUD)
- Accounting (FACACCO)
If enrollment for a course does not reach a required level, the course will be canceled. However, when maximum enrollment is reached, the course will be closed immediately and the names of interested registrants will be put on a wait list and notified on a “first come” basis if an opening occurs. Please register early to avoid disappointment.
Students’ progress is measured through examinations, research and writing assignments, and classroom participation. A grade of A, B, or C is required in each course certification. A passing grade is 73=C.
Students are required to attend all the classes and be on time. If absence occurs, the student is responsible for making up missed assignments. The instructor maintains and submits attendance records for each student.